2012 CC4 G Digital Dossier: Germana, Chuck

2012 CC4 G Digital Dossier, Germana, Chuck

I. Personal Information

Name: Charles Germana

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day:

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

Home Address:

Spouse/Significant Other:


Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

II. Educational History


III. Professional Background

IV. Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement

Criminal Record:

Civil Litigation:


Ethical Issues:

V. Campaign Information

Campaign Address:

Campaign Officers/Participants:

Prior Campaigns:

Prior Elected Offices:

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations (as of 12/3/11):

Response to Questionnaire

I.          Integrity

  1. Aside from your current position, have you ever held a position, public or private, where you were required to report gifts made to you or expenditures made on your behalf?  When, where?


  1. In the last five years, have you been a party to any civil law suit?  If yes, please provide the case name and nature of the suit.


  1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor misdemeanor?  If yes, please provide the year and jurisdiction of the conviction.


  1. What steps have you taken to ensure that your campaign is complying with Ohio Campaign Finance law? Has a complaint ever been filed against you, or any campaign committee acting on your behalf, in the Ohio Elections Commission, or Federal Elections Commission?

 I take personal responsibility on making sure campaign reports are timely and accurate. No.

II.        Transparency

  1. What steps do you believe can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?

 I believe we already practice best legal standards.  I don't have any knowledge of problems getting public records.

  1. Do you perceive a problem with the County’s current bidding/hiring system? If so, please elaborate and outline how you would address it.

 We have taken great pains in improving bidding and hiring.  The Public Works and Procurement Committee have worked on perfecting purchasing and bidding.

III.       Efficiency

  1. What steps do you believe could be taken to improve cooperation and between county government and other local governments?

 This is a major area of improvement that the County can help coordinate.  The cities must be willing to tear down the fences of keeping services and functions under their exclusive control. We are making progress.

  1. Please generally describe your position on the issue of regionalism.

 I am very much in favor of inter-county as well as intra-county cooperation.

  1. After two years of the new county government, can you identify any areas or programs that you believe could be run more efficiently?

 [No answer.]

10.  What is your opinion of the working relationship between the Executive and Council? In what way(s) would you improve that relationship?

 I believe this Council has an excellent working relationshipo with the Executive and his administration, all department heads.

IV.       Competence

11.  Aside from your current position, have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election. 

Only ran for Mayor of Parma when Dean DePiero decided not to run. 

12.  What other public offices have you held? When?

 President of Parma Council, 19 years.

13.  Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy.  When, where?


14.  In your opinion, which aspects of your education and experience prepared you to serve on County Council?

 Very active civically, JayCees, Chamber of Commerce, Proud of Parma Committee, Parma Hospital Foundation. Active in insurance industry.  Insurance Board of Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga Insurance Board that became Insurance Board of Northern Ohio. Board Member 20 plus years on prior and current organizations.

V.        Policy

15.  What steps do you believe county government can take to take advantage of Cuyahoga County’s lake front?

 Work in cooperation with the Port Authority, give MetroParks a shot at running state parks with state financial assistance.

16.  In your opinion, what is the single most important thing county government can do to promote economic development?

 We are working on completing our $100 million fun program by finishing various programs.

17.  One of the recent issues facing Council is use of the County’s share of the casino revenue.[1] Please describe your vision for the ideal use of these funds and how you would work to implement that vision. 

 I believe that the Executive's visoin is realistic in helping downtown improve its vitality.  I believe there may be some compromise with inner-ring suburbs.

18.  Please list your top three priorities for your second term and briefly describe how you plan to address each.

 Continue improving economic development planning and loans with $100 million fund (Western Reserve Fund).  Continue to assist in intergovernmental cooperatoin, and finally be vigilant in keeping public trust in all county functions.

VI.       2010 Campaign Issue Follow-up

 The following questions relate to positions or campaign issues you took in the 2010 election.

 19.  One of your priorities in 2010 was to restore faith in county government.[2] Please describe the three most significant actions that you have taken since assuming office that have furthered this goal. If reelected, what programs or initiatives would you undertake to further restore voters’ faith?

 Inspector General Department, Strong Ethics Code, Transparency in all public meetings.  When reelected we need to be diligent in all professional conduct in government.

20.  Another of your 2010 priorities was to encourage cooperative buying.[3] Please describe how County Council has addressed this goal during your first term. Are you satisfied with the progress it has made? If not, please elaborate on what additional steps you would take if elected to a second term.

 The Executive's no poaching initiative set the tone for cities to work together and not independently.  The sanitary engineering department under public works is a great example of maximizing efficiency by specializing in sewer departments for over 25 cities. We are working on helping cities with IT solutions.  We will continue to find opportunities for shared services in maintenance of roads, dispatch and possibly safety forces (police and fire), waste removal, snow plowing . . . there are many possibilities.  Health care plan sharing has already been started and group purchasing makes economic sense. 

[1] http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/07/cuyahoga_county_council_still.html

[2] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county-reform/index.ssf/2010/07/cuyahoga_county_district_4_voters_seek_improvements_in_ethics_education.html

[3] Id.